Norfolk County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

There were 1,149 violent crimes and 6,620 property crimes in Norfolk County in 2015, the most recent year with a complete set of records. Compared to 2010 figures, these represent a 19.9% drop in violent crime rate and a 35.3% drop in property crime incidences over the five-year period.

Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime in Norfolk County in 2015 with 908 cases. Other incidences of violent crimes include 2 murders, 92 rapes, and 147 robberies. A breakdown of property crime figures for the county shows that there were 1,233 burglaries, 5,048 larcenies, 339 vehicle thefts, and 17 arsons. Norfolk County’s five-year crime trend reveals that murder (87.5%), aggravated assault (12.8%), robbery (50%), burglary (44.9%), larceny (32.7%), vehicle theft (32.2%), and arson (43.3%) rates declined. Rape (10.8%) was the only crime to record a higher incidence in the five-year period.

Criminal Records

Sex offender information for all counties in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are available in a central database maintained by the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). This statewide registry includes the records of Level 2 and Level 3 offenders registered after July 12, 2013. Members of the public can access this registry on SORB website.

Use the Name Search feature to find specific offenders by their last and first names. Provide details like registration status to improve the search result. To pull a list of all registered sex offenders living in Norfolk County, use the Count search function. Residents can also search by city, zip code, and street address.

Norfolk County does not put its jail and inmate records online. To request these records and/or find an inmate in the county jail, call the Sheriff’s Office at (781) 329-3705.

Court Records

Judiciary institutions in Norfolk County include the Superior Court, the Probate and Family Court, the Dedham Juvenile Court, and the Dedham District Court. Dockets and calendars for these courts are available on the Massachusetts Trial Court Electronic Case Access portal and the website of the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court of Massachusetts.

Norfolk Probate and Family Court makes some of its records available upon request. These include dockets, court file documents, and certificates of divorce absolute. To obtain copies of these records, visit the court location at 35 Shawmut Road, Canton, MA 02021. Besides in-person requests, the court also accepts mail requests for records. To initiate a request by mail, download, complete, and send a Request for Copies form to the above address. Include a check or money order covering copy fees in the mail. The court charges $20 for a certificate of divorce absolute and the first page of a certified copy of a judgement of divorce nisi. Additional pages attract a charge of $1 per page.

Public Records

All vital records for Norfolk County are available from the state’s Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS). These include certified copies of birth and death certificates as well as marriage licenses. The RVRS can issue copies of these vital records dating back to 1926. Visit the website of the Massachusetts Archives Division to find and request for older vital records from 1841 to 1925.

To order a birth, death, or marriage certificate for eventsoccurring between 1926 and the present, visit:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. If you opt for a mail request, download and complete a vital records mail order form send it to the RVRS address above. Include a photocopy of a valid photo ID as well as a check or money for copy fees. The Registry of Vital Records charges $32 for each certified copy of valid record requested by mail. It also accepts cash for in-person requests and charges $20 for each copy issued.